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Cyclone Vania

Tropical Cyclone Vania was the third depression and first tropical cyclone of the 2010–11 South Pacific cyclone season. During January 5, 2011, the Fiji Meteorological Service's Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre in Nadi, Fiji reported that Tropical Disturbance 03F, had developed about 135 km to the northeast of Nadi. Over the next few days the disturbance developed further before RSMC Nadi classified it as a tropical depression early on January 9. On January 11, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center initiated warnings on the system and monitored it as Tropical Cyclone 05P. On the Next day, RSMC Nadi upgraded the depression into a Category 1 tropical cyclone and named it "Vania"; that day, RSMC Nadi reported that Vania had intensified into a Category 2 tropical cyclone. Early the next day, RSMC Nadi upgraded Vania into a Category 3 severe tropical cyclone; that day, RSMC Nadi reported that Vania started weakening and downgraded it into a Category 2 tropical cyclone. Subsequently, it was downgraded to a category 1 tropical cyclone on January 14.

On January 15, JTWC issued their final warning on the system. Soon, issuing their final advisory, RSMC Nadi downgraded Vania into a Tropical Depression. While it was active Cyclone Vania affected Fiji, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island and New Zealand. Due to the impact of this storm, the name Vania was retired from the lists of tropical cyclone names and was replaced with Vanessa. In Fiji, heavy rains associated with the initial disturbance brought significant flooding to many islands. Several roads were temporarily shut down due to rising waters. Although the center of Vania continued to move away from Fiji, the storm's outer bands brought continued rainfall to the country; as the storm passed through Vanuatu, winds of 140 km/hr affected Tafea Province, contact with this group of islands was lost. Many buildings were damaged and trees were felled; the National Disaster Management Office of Vanuatu enacted a 156.6 million vatu relief plan for Tafea Province, with the vast majority of funds going to food items.

Within 24 hours of the storm's arrival in New Caledonia, a large magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Loyalty Islands within the archipelago. Media reported. Damage totaled to $11 million; the residents of New Zealand were informed about the low. They were informed about tropical moisture. 2010–11 South Pacific cyclone season World Meteorological Organization Fiji Meteorological Service Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Phil Rees (academic)

Phillip Howell Rees is a British population geographer and demographer. He is Emeritus Professor of Population Geography at the University of Leeds. Born in Wales, he was educated at St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge where he graduated with a double first in Geography in 1966, he went on to the University of Chicago where he gained an MA in Geography in 1968 and a Ph. D. in 1973 under the supervision of Brian Berry. On 1 October 1970 Phil joined the School of Geography in the University of Leeds helping drive the new wave of quantitative geography in Britain with colleagues including Alan Wilson. A prolific author of research papers and books on many aspects of human population problems, between 1992 and 2002 he was co-ordinator of the ESRC/Jisc Census of Population Programme. Retiring from teaching in 2009, Phil's contribution to geography was marked with a symposium celebrating the lasting international impact his work has had. Although retired from teaching he remains active in research.

In 1996 he was awarded the Gill Memorial Award from the Royal Geographical Society, in 1998 was made a fellow of the British Academy, in 2004 appointed as a Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and in 2009 he was awarded the Victoria Medal from the Royal Geographical Society. Phil's web page at the University of Leeds